Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Abdul's Restaurant - Surry Hills, NSW

I LOVE Lebanese food!  Love, love, love.  And there is a lot of Lebanese around, and not all of it is good.  And Abdul's Restaurant is not's amazing!

Day Two of my Sydney escape and dinner was at Abdul's.  It looks a little dingy from the street and it's not expertly decorated inside, the service is underwhelming and the menus are creased and tatty.  But all of that goes out the window once you see, smell and taste the food.

Abdul's food can be summed up in three words - Fresh. Delicious. Made-with-love.  Okay, 'made with love' is not one word, but it really describes their food well.  It is traditional home style cooking that tastes better than any Lebanese I have ever had before.  And I've had a lot of Lebanese.

We ordered the banquet (picture one) which was $25 per person, minimum two people, and there was way more food than we could eat.  The banquet includes; olives, chilies, bread, hummus, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, falafel, lady fingers, vine leaves, kofta, garlic chicken, shish kebab and rice.  

The highlights....

Baba ganoush. Smokey, garlicy, lemony, spiced with a beautiful creamy texture.  So good you won't want to share it and you'll be licking the plate clean.

Tabbouleh.  Freshest and most delicious tabouli I have ever eaten.  Enough said.

Lady fingers.  A lovely mince filling with slivered almonds, encased in a crisp, flaky pastry. Went really well with the chilies.  I've never really liked lady fingers...until now.

Vine leaves.  The vine leaves themselves were not mushy or briney but retained their integrity.  The filling of rice, tomato, garlic and tangy lemon was divine. 

We finished the banquet with Turkish coffee and baclava.  I also ordered some Turkish delight, which was a good thing as it was the best Turkish delight I have ever eaten.  It was better than the baclava....and nothing is ever better than baclava!

All in all this place was awesome and makes me wanna go home and whip up some of these treats.  I'd be happy to have my recipes tasting halfway this good.  For those of you lucky enough to live nearby, Abdul's offers take away as well as restaurant dining.  For more information, visit their website.

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